This week’s selection was chosen by Gomez T.: Karen Louise Wilson, a 22-year-old SUNY-Albany student, who vanished from Albany on March 27, 1985. She was a senior political science major. She went clothes shopping that day in anticipating of celebrating Spring Break in Florida, and may or may not have gotten a tan as well.
It looks like she was abducted while walking back home, but there were no witnesses, and it seems odd that they never found any of the things she was carrying with her. Surely if she got into a struggle with her kidnapper she’d have dropped something. But then again, the police didn’t think Shawn Hornbeck had been snatched off the street by a stranger because his bike was missing too and they thought they would have found it if he’d been taken that way — but he had been taken that way, after all.
I last updated Karen’s case in 2010. In more recent news, a possible suspect in the case died in a house fire in 2013. I’m going to have to update her case with additional information I found.
Karen’s mother, interviewed that year after the suspect’s death, said sadly, “We don’t know anything more today than we did in 1985.”
In other news, I had my second session of PT. (Actually, it was my third scheduled session, but I had to miss the second because of Ellen’s funeral.) My arm is much stronger now. They can no longer push it down just by breathing on it. And I got my Windows 10 update. At first when it installed I was very unhappy because my display suddenly became HUGE, like it was designed for visually impaired people or something. I couldn’t even see all the icons on my frontscreen because there wasn’t enough room. Michael, bless him, figured out what was wrong — the computer wasn’t recognizing my graphics card or something — and fixed it.
I’m kind of guessing about Shanaz Zakia’s middle name: the fact that it can be misspelled “sahti” plus the rarity of the “th” sound in most languages makes me think it’s pronounced sah-tee and not sath-ee.
[Argh, I meant this to run a day later. Oh well, you get it early this time.]
This week it’s three females, one male. I had Florence Dumontet’s video taken down on account of her being found, and that’s why I posted one more female case than male, to maintain the sex balance. In chronological order:
(Out of curiosity, I looked up the surname “Cabbagestalk” on Ancestry.com and discovered it’s very rare. Only a few families in South Carolina and Florida have that name. If you meet one, chances are the person is related in some way to Shakeima. It’s one of those cases where I know just enough details to drive me crazy.)
Having completed my Charley updates today, and not having much else to do, I found myself making more YouTube videos. Even though I promised to do only two a week, I wound up doing six more: Charles Howard Bolter
This week’s YouTube videos are for Rose Mary Mallen, missing from California since 2002, and Dontray Miquel Hunter, missing from Wisconsin since in 1977. I have very little on either of them, especially Dontray.
I don’t know why I can’t get Dontray’s actual photograph to show up in the YouTube thumbnail image. It will only let me show his AP for some reason.